Station News

Wild Kratts Offers New Online Content

Oct 16, 2012

PBS KIDS series Wild Kratts will feature new science-focused episodes and online content this month. The popular series will feature new episodes this week, followed by four more premieres during “Weird Kratts Week,” October 22-26, and a new spidery Halloween episode on October 31. Wild Kratts airs Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m.

WKAR Radio Campaign Exceeds Goal!

Oct 15, 2012

WKAR Radio wrapped up its fall membership campaign with a grand total of $139,527, surpassing the pledge goal of $110,000 by nearly $30,000.

The total reflects gifts of 1,065 individuals, with 80 percent of the gifts being new members or those who had returned after more than 13 months since their membership inspired.

Challenge Grants Make a Difference!

Which Midwife are You?

Oct 11, 2012

It's not too late to get into the terrific new PBS series, Call the Midwife, airing Sundays at 8 p.m. on WKAR (with repeats Thursdays at 9 p.m. on WKAR World and Fridays at 10 p.m. on WKAR).

If you haven't discovered this touching, funny, dramatic show yet, give it a try. And if you have, take this quiz to see which midwife is most like you!

Timothy Muffitt's Play List

Oct 3, 2012
Peter Whorf, Timothy Muffitt
Jeanie Croope

Lansing Symphony Orchestra conductor Timothy Muffitt and WKAR Radio station manager Peter Whorf had a terrific conversation on 90.5 WKAR on October 3 about the conductor's favorite music and insights.

We thought we'd share his playlist with you!

WKAR Coverage of Election 2012

Oct 3, 2012

WKAR promises to bring you an extensive amount of Election 2012 coverage, using the resources of PBS, NPR, the WKAR Radio Newsroom and Off the Record on WKAR-TV.

Presidential Debates

The action continues tonight with the first presidential debate, moderated by PBS NewsHour's Jim Lehrer. The debate is televised at 9 p.m., and streamed live here at

Follow Election Coverage on Twitter with the Best!

Oct 3, 2012

Get trusted, in-depth and independent election coverage with correspondents from PBS NewsHour, Washington Week, Frontline and more.

WKAR's Election 2012 coverage includes TV, radio, online, and social media.

Here's how you can follow favorite PBS and NPR correspondents on Twitter. Use the hashtag #pbsElection:

Peter Whorf-Timothy Muffitt On the Air!

Oct 2, 2012
Timothy Muffitt
Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

WKAR Radio station manager Peter Whorf will host 90.5 Classical on Wednesday, October 3, from 10-12 with special guest Timothy Muffitt, Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

The two will preview the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's 2012/2013 through discussion and various recordings. Some of Maestro Muffitt's favorite compositions will be included in the segment.

Community Cinema Panel
Erin Cullen

More than 80 people attended WKAR's first Community Cinema event held on Thursday, September 27, at WKAR. The topic of the first discussion was Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold

Sep 27, 2012
Ralph Votapek Hugs Lady
Courtesy of Gene Gordon/Van Cliburn Foundation

Every four years, a group of the finest young pianists takes the stage at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. In the midst of the drama, the beauty, the nerves and the excitement, they know one thing is true — what happens there can change their lives. They strive to feel the joy of victory and achieve their utmost goal: to become a performer on the world stage. The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold airs Friday, September 28, at 9 p.m. on WKAR.

"Call the Midwife" Preview Enchants Guests

Sep 21, 2012

Our Evening at WKAR presentation of Call the Midwife attracted more than 75 guests who laughed and yet were touched by the moving first episode of the new PBS series. Call the Midwife premieres Sunday, September 30, on WKAR.

When WKAR station manager Susi Elkins asked "What do you think?" after the screening, there was plenty of audible approval and conversations with guests after only reinforced that fact.

High Praise from Guests

Fall Preview Brings Exciting Changes to WKAR!

Sep 7, 2012
Gary Reid addressing audience
Madalyn Kaltz / WKAR

Nearly 200 guests filled Studio A on September 6 as the new season for WKAR Public Media was revealed.

WKAR TV Broadcast Goes 24/7 on September 10

Sep 7, 2012

Beginning Monday, September 10, WKAR TV over-the-air viewers will be able to watch WKAR, WKAR World and WKAR Create 24 hours a day.

There will also be a change in channel allocation for WKAR World. It will move to channel 23.2, placing the older standard definition version of WKAR. WKAR will remain on 23.1 in high definition; WKAR World will be at 23.2 and WKAR Create will remain at 23.3.

What Does This Mean for You?

Participants in WKAR’s upcoming “QuizBusters Special Edition” competition were revealed on Thursday, September 6, at the station’s fall preview.

Playing the first game for the Green Team are Scott Westerman, President, MSU Alumni Association; Jen Sygit, Michigan-based singer and songwriter; Sue Carter, MSU School of Journalism faculty member, author and intrepid adventurer; and team captain Guy Sanville, Artistic Director, Purple Rose Theatre.

UPDATE: Convention Coverage on WKAR-TV

Aug 27, 2012

WKAR-TV will cover the Republican Convention from 8 to 11:30 on Tuesday and until 11 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

Membership Update from Barb Beers

Aug 23, 2012

Thanks to those of you who have already given to WKAR-TV's August membership campaign. We are moving toward our goal of $95,000 with almost $43,000 pledged as of Friday morning. This is a little less than half of our way to the total we'd like to reach by Sunday, and we're about two-thirds of the way through the campaign.